GIVEAWAY: Win a free Hushamok organic baby hammock worth $599!

by 09/03/15   filed under: contest, eco decor, green baby, green bedding, green design, sleeping, Uncategorized

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Rocking your newborn to sleep is a time-honored tradition, but when arms grow tired, it’s nice to have something nearby to help lull your baby to sleep without so much physical effort. Babies love to be rocked, and although there are plenty of “swing-o-matics” on the market, they are usually garish, battery-powered gadgets, and made of synthetic, toxic materials – a far cry from “relaxing”. So when we reviewed Hushamok’s organic Okoa Hammock, we were delighted to find a baby hammock as beautifully designed as nature itself. Designed to naturally swing in the breeze to rock your baby into slumber, this all-natural swinging chair contains no plastic, dyes, flame retardants, and requires no batteries. The organic cotton swing is suspended from a C-shaped ‘Okoa stand’ made from untreated European beechwood, designed to make your infant feel like they are right back in the womb – and it won’t look bad in your living room either. We’re giving away a brand new hammock set worth $599, and it could be all yours just by entering below.

Plus, all Inhabitots readers will receive a special 10% discount on any Hushamok item using promo code Inhabitots15 through September 30th, 2015!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Leave a comment below telling us why you want to win the Hushamok Okoa Hammock, and what you love most about it.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, Sept 30th, 11:59 PM EST

Giveaway only open to residents of U.S. and Canada.

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Help send a free copy of the FED UP movie to every teacher in America so students can get food education

by 09/03/15   filed under: education, health & body, kids health, Uncategorized

With an astounding number of overweight and obese kids and teens in the United States, we need to spread the healthy eating message to as many places as possible, including where kids spend many of their waking hours: school. The team (including Katie Couric and Laurie David) who created FED UP, a food education movie that inspired sugar-free challenges for over 65,000 people as well as healthier eating habits for thousands more, is now trying to reach as many teachers, classrooms, and students as possible through Kickstarter. Donations to FED UP’s campaign will go towards providing an education kit including a copy of the film with an unlimited use screening license, individualized lesson plans for grades K-12, and additional resources for teachers and students to set up nutrition and healthy eating programs.

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Fetal cells may affect mother's health, even decades after giving birth

by 09/03/15   filed under: health & body, news

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Women spend forty weeks (give or take a few) trying to create the optimal healthy environment for their growing baby. It turns out that fetuses give a little something back to mom too in the form of migrating fetal cells — and the verdict is still out on whether these cells are good or bad for a mother’s health. A newly published study from Arizona State University found that cells from a growing fetus migrate from the placenta to places all over a woman’s body and can affect her health quickly or even decades after giving birth.

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Beloved and famed Japanese animator/filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki plans to build a children's nature retreat

by 09/02/15   filed under: eco play, green design, kid friendly, news

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When beloved Japanese animator and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki announced in 2013 that The Wind Rises would be the last film in his storied career, many wondered what this creative innovator would do next. There are no new films reportedly on his horizon, but Miyazaki recently announced that he plans to fund the building of a children’s nature retreat on Kumejima Island in his native Japan. The two and a half acre project will include playground equipment and a two-story building that can accommodate up to 30 people. In an effort to support Kumejima businesses, Miyazaki wants to use local construction materials when possible and will also be consulting with locals on how the retreat should be run. Miyazaki’s films (including his Oscar-winning hit Spirited Away, the biggest film of all-time in Japan) often include environmental themes; we imagine that the retreat, set amid a virgin forest, will also reflect his love of nature and beauty. The retreat is expected to open in 2018.

via Comic Book Resources

 

Librarian cruises San Francisco aboard her bicycle library-on-wheels to peddle free books & a love of reading

by 09/02/15   filed under: books, education, green education

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Pregnant with twins, Marissa Mayer vows she'll work throughout limited time away post-birth

by 09/02/15   filed under: news, parenting

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It’s been almost three years since Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer gave birth to her first child. She took two weeks off work post-delivery (and supposedly worked throughout her leave), annoyed parents everywhere by saying “The baby’s been way easier than everyone made it out to be,” and installed a nursery in her office while issuing a controversial policy banning Yahoo! employees from working from home. Her recent announcement of the impending birth of identical twin girls was met with a slew of congratulations as well as more than a few raised eyebrows; Mayer wrote that she plans to approach the pregnancy and delivery of her twins the same way as she did with her firstborn, stating, “Since my pregnancy has been healthy and uncomplicated and since this is a unique time in Yahoo’s transformation, I plan to approach the pregnancy and delivery as I did with my son three years ago, taking limited time away and working throughout.”

This is a giant step backwards in the striving for a work/family life balance we so desperately need in the United States. A woman at the helm of a major corporation could set a tone or precedent to turn around the abysmal maternity leave policies in our country, but instead she’s vowing she’s not even going to take a break of any kind once her twins are born. Perhaps it’s because our career-obsessed culture would just as soon replace her with a woman who doesn’t have children to care for… or with a man who wouldn’t need to take any time off to give birth. Whatever her reasoning, this is a sad, very telling state of affairs.

Update: News Everyday reports that Yahoo stocks fell by 2% after Mayer announced her pregnancy with twins.

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HOW TO: Make organic lactation cookies to help increase your breast milk production

by 09/01/15   filed under: baby feeding, baking, breastfeeding, food, green family, how-to, recipe, snack, vegetarian

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BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Cardboard showcases visionaries who turn humble cardboard into astonishing works of art

by 09/01/15   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts, kid friendly

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Naturepedic has the utmost respect for the environment and your family’s health when producing their products. Handmade in the U.S.A by Amish craftsman without using potential…

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